Lucy Banks, Am­ber­jack Pub­lish­ing (FE­BRU­ARY) Soft­cover $14.99 (328pp), 978-1-944995-47-8

Foreword Reviews - - Foresight / Fantasy -

Join Dr. Ribero’s Agency of the Su­per­nat­u­ral for The Case of the Deadly Doppelgänger, the sec­ond book in a se­ries that fol­lows Kester Lan­ner, a twenty-two-year-old nerd, avid in­doors­man, and newly minted “spirit door-opener.” Also, he’s just dis­cov­ered that he’s the son of Dr. Julio Ribero, the head of a clan­des­tine su­per­nat­u­ral agency on the skids. Wel­come to the unglam­orous, low-pay­ing, low-pro­file world of the su­per­nat­u­ral.

Des­per­ate for work, the agency bids on a gov­ern­ment as­sign­ment trap­ping a rogue doppelgänger spirit in Lyme Regis. How­ever, their cel­e­bra­tion soon turns sour as they learn that they’re shar­ing the job with Ribero’s neme­sis— plus there’s an im­pos­si­ble dead­line, a se­ries of un­co­op­er­a­tive locals, and a spirit that’s not ex­actly what it seems.

Work­ing for his fa­ther the past four months, Kester’s still fig­ur­ing out what kind of re­la­tion­ship he wants—to his par­ent and the su­per­nat­u­ral. Un­for­tu­nately, cir­cum­stances are push­ing him into a more ac­tive role; his fa­ther is di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s. Now Kester not only needs to con­trib­ute, he must fig­ure out how to lead.

De­spite his in­se­cu­ri­ties, some­thing about the way this doppelgänger spirit is pick­ing off the tight-knit group of pen­sion­ers is nig­gling at Kester. If he’s even go­ing to fig­ure it out—not to men­tion get some time off for a sec­ond date with his crush—he’ll have to muck about in an­cient graves, in­ter­net dark sites, and moldy dis­count ho­tels, hop­ing and pray­ing he’ll get lucky.

Banks blends su­per­nat­u­ral mys­tery with work­place com­edy in a rib­ald romp that threat­ens to run roughshod over shy, beta-hero Kester. Yet, Kester’s gawk­ish naiveté is en­dear­ing. Af­ter all, grow­ing up is hard to do, and never more so than when there are spir­its out to get you.

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